Rugby league on shaky ground as support dries up
ONLY two of the five league clubs in Gladstone have managed to field sufficient representatives at recent attempts to hold a Gladstone association annual meeting.
The future of rugby league is on shaky ground, not because of a lack of talent on field, but the lack of interest from supporters.
"A few clubs are struggling with volunteers to fill positions," current president Glenn Butcher said.
"That is a real concern."
That means no progress for local rugby league and less opportunity to grow the sport for fans and players, he said.
Mr Butcher is leaving the role once the AGM finally does take place, but said he was only interested in leaving the association in a positive position.
Gladstone association operations manager Casey Bromilow said it was a problem being felt right across the state.
"I have had a chat to the division manager to let them know (about our position), and he said it was not just us," Mr Bromilow said.
"All over Queensland it is a problem. Clubs are struggling."
So clubs are calling out for all rugby league fans to help, before one of the five disappears altogether.
"It is definitely a concern. We have been in this position in the past," said David Ahern from Past Brothers (the first club to complete its executive).
"When push comes to shove, you lend a hand if you have a club at heart."
The first AGM was scheduled for November 6, with only Tannum Sands, Brothers and the referees association presenting finalised executives and the necessary paperwork.
The three remaining clubs again failed this week to fill the committee positions.
A third attempt at the AGM is expected to be held next week.
What they said:
Wallabys former president Adam Hamilton: "People need not be scared of being on the committee. Many hands make light work."
Valleys president Danny Hess: "We are in a strong position for a lot of years to come. In a couple of years it is our 100th year and we are looking to be here for another 100."
Tannum Sands president Bill Potts: "We have blokes coming out of the woodwork to help, it is all about camaraderie. The one that concerns me is Calliope is going to struggle for teams."